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I smell antifreeze when the heat is on. The inside of the windshield is fogging up and will not clear and I am starting to get smoke coming through the vent. I have a 2006 Pontiac Torrent

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Usually this means a faulty heater core. mechanic labor guide calls for 5.2 hours plus an ac recharge. the dealer list price for the part is $190.10 plus anti-freeze.

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SOUND LIKE HEATER CORE HAS A SMALL LEAK IN IT.

Posted on May 21, 2011

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